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Cullowhee Baptist Church
Monday December 30th, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am

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Cullowhee Baptist Church
Monday December 30th, 2019
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David Rogers Cemetery
Monday December 30th, 2019
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Irene M Hooper

Irene Hooper, age 97, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019. Just 20 days from her 98th birthday. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 30th at 11:00 AM at Cullowhee Baptist Church in Cullowhee, NC with Revs Jeffrey and Tonya Vickery officiating. Burial will follow in the David Rogers Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, Dec 30 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the church. She was the wife of the late Elmer Hooper and daughter of the late Grover and Mattie (Morgan) Bishop. Irene was born in Cullowhee and was attending Cullowhee High School when she met her lifelong sweetheart, Elmer. One quote in her high school yearbook said, “What’s Irene got that we haven’t got? She’s got red hair and Elmer.” Elmer and Irene wed on August 16, 1941, started a family and shortly thereafter Elmer was drafted into the military. After Elmer’s service concluded, they relocated to Northern Virginia to build their “second home”; raise a family; establish themselves in the church and community; and, build their professional careers. Immediate and extended family were frequently together. Many were the birthdays, celebrations and holidays where family gathered together to recant lifelong stories, catch up with what everyone has been doing and create new memories to tell at the next get together. At church, she taught Sunday School and volunteered. Irene started working with AT&T as a switchboard operator and worked with them for over 45 years across many professional roles. After retiring, she and Elmer returned to home to Cullowhee. Although in retirement, it was often remarked that she was busier than when she was working. Leading and participating in community activities and advocacy; dabbling in government and politics; and, serving in the church. She is survived by her son, Carl Hooper of Cullowhee, NC; grandchildren Bob Brinson of New Bern, NC, Greg Hooper of Falls Church, VA and Brian Hooper of Poughkeepsie, NY; three great grandchildren and a large extended family. She is preceded by her husband, Elmer Hooper; sister Jane Garner; brothers Edgar, Jess, Ray, Locke, Robert, Charlie Bishop; daughter Sandra (Hooper) Brinson; and, granddaughter Judy (Brinson) Conseen. Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, NC is serving the family.

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My thoughts and prayers are with the family

Jessie Wilson Jan 3 2020 12:00 AM

Carl, This community is a much better place because of Irene and she will be greatly missed. Healing Blessings to you and your family. Love, Sheryl Rudd

Sheryl Rudd Jan 1 2020 12:00 AM

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Sheryl Rudd Jan 1 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Carl & Family, Jeff and I are so sorry to hear about Irene. We both thought the world of her! I can remember vividly the first time I met her. It was many years ago and the Rec. Dept. was hosting Breakfast with Santa at the Senior Center down by the Sylva Pool. Our daughter, Kamisha, was very young and we went to try to introduce her to Santa, which she was very unsure about! Your mom was dressed up like Mrs. Claus and was so excited to see us and introduced herself as my cousin. She helped Kamisha onto Santa's lap and everything was fine from that minute on. Thinking about it now, I don't remember if Kamisha asked us why our cousin was Mrs. Claus or not. :) That was just one of the many examples of all the wonderful things that your mom did. She was such a jewel! I imagine she and the other Bishops that have reached Heaven before us, including my own dad, Dan, are having a wonderful family reunion right now, not to mention the reunion she is having with your dad and Jesus Christ Himself! I look forward to seating down with her up there one day myself! Our love and prayers are with you guys during this difficult time! Mary Carpenter

Mary Carpenter Dec 31 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Carl & Family, I am so sorry about Irene's passing. She was such a special person and she was a rock in the Bishop family! Dan and I loved her so much! She was always good to keep up with our family. We didn't know about her passing until tonight, Tuesday, December 31. I'm sorry we didn't get to come to her service. You have our deepest sympathy and love. Audrey Ward and Family

Audrey Ward Dec 31 2019 12:00 AM

Helen, you will be missed.Blessings for your family.

Geraldine Collins Dec 30 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Irene Hooper

Geraldine Collins Dec 30 2019 12:00 AM

Carl, so sorry to hear of Irene's passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you. Mona Seago

Mona Dec 30 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Irene Hooper

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